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The fishing excursion boat Lady Francis.
Lugger Diesels Give Passenger Boats
Economical High Speed
Boats & Barges
With her three Lugger 6140AL diesel engines generating a top speed of 22.5 knots, the new 103-foot, 150- passenger party fishing boat Lady
Frances "really moves," according to Frank and Christine Blount of
Gail Frances Charters.
The boat was built by Lydia
Yachts, Stuart, Fla., and is powered by three 550-hp Lugger 6140AL die- sels. The Lady Francis is scheduled to be operated out of Point Judith,
On her delivery trip from Florida, the Lady Francis cruised at 17.2 knots at 1,650 rpm and the three
Luggers and two generator sets used an average of 32 gallons of fuel per hour.
For its fishing customers, the
Lady Frances has been equipped with heated hand rails, state-of-the- art sound systems, 2 Northern
Lights M964 30kW generators and an array of fish finding electronics, including an American Pioneer Dual
Scan II sonar and 2 Furuno FCV271 sounders. "In our area the charter boats have to go farther and get out and back faster then in times past. The
Lady Frances is designed for that kind of service," says Jay Gallup of
Rhode Island Engine, a Lugger dealer in Narragansett, R.I.
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Generators Northern Lights
Propellers .Michigan Propellers
Bow Thruster Wesmar
Anchor Winches... Hydrolic
Flo-Scan Meters... G.P.H.
Color Radar Furuno
Fish Sonar American Pioneer
GPS Plot .Northstar/Laser Plot
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Single Side Band Radio Stephens
VHF Radios ..Motorola/Standard
CG Says New Regulations
Will Remove Substandard
Tankers And Operators
Rear Adm. A.E. Henn, chief of the Coast Guard's office of marine safety and environmental protec- tion, recently told an oil industry conference that agency and inter- national regulations will eliminate poorly maintained oil tankers and their operators from business if they do not improve their ships and op- erations.
Admiral Henn also implicated some national registries, classifica- tion societies and marine insurers that continue to certify and insure unsafe ships. Regarding ship con- struction, tanker operators were encouraged to pay closer attention to the intended trade and service of new vessels. "We can't let the ship- yards optimize the designs so they fail in the shortest period of time,"
Admiral Henn said.
Classification societies have warned that some shipyards are cutting costs by reducing the amount of steel used in new construction, resulting in shortened vessel life spans.
Oil executives attending the con- ference said they generally agreed with Admiral Henn's remarks.
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